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The curriculum at St Austin’s is determined by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, the school's Curriculum Policies, and the Diocese of Leeds Religious Education Guidelines. 

Our school curriculum consists of the following subjects which all children study.  These are:

  • RE
  • English including Phonics teaching in UFS & KS1
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Design and Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

All children are overseen by a class teacher, who is responsible to the Headteacher for their well-being.  Some children are in classes with mixed year groups (3 across the school), and the curriculum is planned on a two year cycle to reflect this.  Within each class there is a mixture of group work and whole class teaching.  Pupils may be grouped by ability for some lessons, to individualise learning by enriching and extending the curriculum or providing Catch Up interventions.

To teach Phonics the school uses the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme to assist children in the early stages of reading.


Assessment, recording and reporting in this school is an important and central part of teaching and learning, which involves the children whenever possible.  Every child from Year 1 has a target / targets to enable them to know the next steps in their learning, and to celebrate when individual targets are achieved. 

On a day-to-day basis, the pupils are involved in assessment by discussing work with adults, comparing their work against success criteria, evaluation with peers, written comments on their work, informal quizzes or tests etc.

The careful monitoring of all assessment data provides teachers with valuable information that directs their planning and gives early indication of when extra help or support is needed for children to achieve their full potential.  Many intervention strategies are delivered by our Teachers and Learning Support Assistants, particularly in Maths and English, which help build the confidence and achievements of pupils.  Higher ability children are quickly identified and achieve outstanding levels of work by tackling more challenging activities. 

Opportunities are given each half term to children’s progress information with parents or carers either by informal visits or formal parent/teacher reviews.  A written report is sent to parents or carers at the end of the school year.  Year 2 and Year 6 SATs levels are also reported. Children’s achievements are celebrated on an evening of celebration in the summer term.